You know the drill. I find the smartest, edgiest, and hopefully sexiest people I know who have the characteristics of entrepreneurship to contribute advice to The Chancebending Network. Today we’re talking Artificial Sentience with Brian Flanagan from Field FX.
Brian talks about Artificial Sentience and how it’s trending in Tech
“Quantum AI is a big deal nowadays, with billions being poured into R&D by industries and governments worldwide. This makes me a happy guy because I’ve been arguing for this approach for about 35 years. What’s next? As the prominent roboticist Prof. Peter Corke tells us, all of today’s robots are “effectively blind.” Similarly, the creators of IBM’s Watson tell us that their machine has no awareness of having won a game of ‘Jeopardy!’ My work removes these obstacles by way of what I call Artificial Sentience, or machine consciousness. The venture is called ‘Field FX’ because my research led me into the foundations of quantum field theory. Although that’s a famously difficult subject, I’ve done all the heavy lifting already, so you don’t have to. So far as traction goes, the web site has recently been logging visitors from the financial centers of New York, London, and Hong Kong, for example, as well as NASA, Silicon Valley, Cambridge University, and Washington DC. Which is encouraging. In closing, I’d like to thank Ben Smith for making this presentation possible, as well as you, the viewer, for your time and consideration. Thank you. I do appreciate it.”
A little about Brian
My story began about 50 years ago when I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time. HAL the computer made quite an impression on me and I began to wonder how one might engineer a device that was not only intelligent but sentient, or conscious.
My journey led me through the realms of AI, neuroscience, physics, philosophy and mathematics. For many years I wandered alone. When I was in college, very nearly no one was looking at consciousness, neural nets, or the foundations of quantum theory, and so I struck out on my own.
Things picked up when Roger Penrose published his book on The Emperor’s New Mind, but what really turned the corner was an article in Nature on “The physics of life: The dawn of quantum biology.” You could feel the tide turning.
Fast-forward to the near present, a Nobelist in physics named Frank Wilczek went on a book tour, making a bunch of the same points I’d been arguing for decades.
It seems the time is ripe to take this work from the chalkboard to the work bench.
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